Joe had his birthday yesterday, just a celebration for the two of us. Mine is following close behind. He is now 75 and isn't especially happy about it. We had a simple celebration by going out to an early dinner. The waitress found out that he was celebrating his birthday and she and the others came and sang Happy Birthday and brought him and apple dumpling with two spoons :) We are celebrating with family next week. So, Happy Birthday Joey... I hope we have many more birthdays together...Love, Balisha :)
It's a cloudy, drippy, dreary day here. I will be busy all day changing over the closet from winter (ugh) to spring. Getting rid of those once thought cozy clothes, will be a pleasure. The spring and summer ones are so much lighter in weight and color. My winter wardrobe looks so drab compared to the bright colors of spring.
I'm reading a sweet little book right now. It's called Emily Alone, by Stewart O'Nan. I'll tell you a bit about it. We follow Emily through her domestic pleasures, concerns, and crises as the calendar year moves from holiday to holiday, with Emily experiencing increased infirmity while also seeing the physical decline of her sister-in-law and even her beloved spaniel. Connection to her children remains tricky as they approach middle age, and establishing communication with her grandchildren seems beyond her ability, for they live in a young society whose life events are unfamiliar to her. I love following her through her day to day life. I guess it would be boring for some, but I love descriptive writing. I didn't pay attention to who the author was and what gender. I am so surprised that a man can capture what goes through a woman's mind. He had me right from the first sentence. There aren't many books that do that for me. I especially loved the part where her dearest friend and, sister in law, has a medical problem and Emily is forced to drive again. She had put the old Olds away and now she has to get it out and drive again. She finds courage that she never knew she had and while getting her driving skills back, she decides to buy a new car. This is just one of the delightful events in her life. When she takes ill....it shows how important our friends can be in that situation. I found out while reading it that it is a sequel to another book about Emily. I will be sure to get that one. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves detail in writing. This is an especially good read for women my age. I see myself on many pages. He really captures the elderly woman's spirit.